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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and urban youth ages 15-24, working together to create social change. The Collective collects local stories, reframes and retells them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community. Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence is based on a youth-led discussion with police and civic leaders on gun violence. Topics such as trauma, legal rights, and police shootings were explored in an open and respectful manner. The discussion was transcribed and published in this book with a foreword by Jason Q. Purnell, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work.